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5 Wild Cards At High Court's ACA Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday hears oral arguments on the future of Affordable Care Act tax credits, and experts say that justices may tip their hands by focusing on states' rights, worrying about consumers or fixating on a few words in the law. Here are five things to watch in King v. Burwell.

  • Judge Koh Nears OK Of $415M Apple, Google Anti-Poach Deal

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Monday signaled she would preliminarily approve a $415 million settlement to end the high-profile antitrust class action accusing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others of illegally agreeing not to poach each other’s software engineers, months after rejecting a $325 million deal as too small.

  • Fed. Circ. Says Trademark 'Use' Needs More Than Advertising

    The Federal Circuit on Monday sided with Walt Disney Co. in its bid to cancel a man’s trademark registration on the name “Playdom,” issuing a precedential ruling that said a service mark is only “used” in commerce when the service has actually been rendered — not when it’s merely been advertised.

  • Calif. High Court Reverses CEQA Exemption Decision

    The California Supreme Court on Monday said that a Bay Area developer could use an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act to avoid undertaking an environmental impact report for a proposed 10,000-square-foot home in Berkeley, overturning an appeals court ruling that denied the exemption and could have broadened the reach of CEQA.

  • High Court To Weigh Conspiracy In Police Kickback Scheme

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from a Baltimore police officer convicted for his role in a kickback scheme, who argues that in order to sustain a conspiracy charge, the government must allege the conspirators agreed to obtain property from someone outside the conspiracy.

  • High Court Won't Hear Wellpoint Premium-Hike Class Action

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a proposed class action accusing Wellpoint Inc. of orchestrating an illegal plot to shave unhealthy policyholders from its rolls and force them to reapply for coverage with higher premiums after its 2001 merger with Rightchoice Managed Care Inc.